Shareholders should be wary of any unsolicited investment advice, offers to buy shares at a discounted price or offers to buy 3i shareholdings. These fraudsters use persuasive and high-pressure tactics to lure shareholders into scams. We have recently become aware of what appears to be an increase in calls to current and former 3i shareholders.
3i in general does not make unsolicited contact with shareholders by telephone and does not engage third parties to do this on its behalf. Accordingly, we advise you not to speak to or provide any information to anyone who makes unsolicited contact with you claiming to be phoning on behalf of 3i or seeking to discuss your 3i shareholding. There is a high likelihood that such calls will be scam calls.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found that victims of share fraud are often seasoned investors with victims losing an average of £20,000.
Please keep in mind that firms authorised by the FCA are unlikely to contact you unexpectedly with an offer to buy or sell shares. You should consider getting independent financial or professional advice before you hand over any money or even share any information with them.
If you receive any unsolicited approaches or investment advice, you should proceed with caution. Steps that you might wish to take could include the following: